Tag: Supreme Court of Victoria

Melbourne couple jailed for 8 & 6 years respectively for keeping a Indian woman as slave for 8 years


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 21 July: A Melbourne Tamil couple from Mount Waverley Kumuthini Kannan, 53, and her husband, Kandasamy Kannan, 57, was today jailed by the Supreme Court of Victoria for 8 and 6 years respectively for keeping an aged woman as a slave at their home for eight years. The sentencing judge Justice John Champion said the couple’s crime is a crime against humanity. The three hours sentencing was witnessed by 200 people.

The 53-year-old woman was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, with parole eligibility in four years. The 57-year-old man was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, with parole eligibility in three years.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) began investigating the matter in September 2015 after receiving a referral from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (now the Australian Border Force), regarding a woman from India who traveled to Australia on a Tourist visa.

The AFP Human Trafficking Team commenced an investigation, which resulted in slavery charges being laid in June 2016

A comprehensive nine-month investigation by the AFP resulted in the 53-year-old woman and 57-year-old man being charged in June 2016 with possessing a slave, contrary to s270.3(1)(a) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) and exercises over a slave any right of ownership, contrary to s270.3(1)(a) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)

The Tamil couple was found guilty of charges of keeping a slave at their home for eight years between 2007 and 2015. The victim a woman now in her 60s came here on a 30-days tourist visa in 2007 was paid $ 3 per day. She was shifted to the Box Hill Hospital after being found in a pool of her own urine.

She looked after the couple’s three children, who considered her grandmother, the accused claimed.

“The enslaved grandmother, who cannot be named, was malnourished, with untreated diabetes, septicemia and weighed just 40kg when found at their Mount Waverley property in 2015, ” said a report in news.com.au.

The couple had recently appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing, were found guilty by a jury on two counts of possessing a slave and exercising power over a slave. Mrs. Kumuthini Kannan is a former Secretary of the Hindu Society of Victoria (HSV).

The couple’s defense denied the slavery allegations in court. The husband remains on bail till the sentencing day to look after the children and the wife was jailed after her bail was canceled.

AFP Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said in a media release, ” The AFP is appealing to any victims, potential witnesses or communities impacted by human trafficking to know there are pathways to support,” D/Supt Crossling said.

“We want the public to be aware that human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like practices are happening here in Australia, all too often without anyone in the community knowing.

“Our hope is for every case we investigate, it helps others experiencing similar conditions to speak up and seek our help.

“It is up to all of us to work together to protect people who are vulnerable to the exploitative crimes of modern slavery.”

STORY UPDATED on 22 July 2021.

Mohinder Singh gets 22 years jail for death of four cops on Eastern Freeway


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 April 2021: Forth-eight years old Mohinder Singh’s sentencing today live-streamed in the morning today, closed the chapter of the Eastern Freeway (Kew) crash which killed four cops on 22 April last year – Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, and Constable Presley.

Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Joshua Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris.

Mohinder pleaded guilty to eight charges, including culpable driving causing death and drug-taking, reports abc.net.au.Mohinder was sentenced by Justice Coghlan at the Supreme Court of Victoria to serve 18 years and 6 months minimum term. He has already served 357 days in jail.

Constable Prestney’s father read out a statement on behalf of the victims’ families:

On behalf of the families and loved ones of Lynette, Kevin, Josh, and Glenn, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those members of the public and first responders that were at the scene of the collision on the 22nd of April 2020, for the care and respect that was shown to our loved ones.

Even though we do not know them all, we share a history with them now and forever.

We would like to thank the members of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, especially Detective Sergeant Roz Wilson and the Paragon Taskforce for their dedication to the investigation and the respect and care that they have shown to us and our loved ones.

We also wish to thank all the emergency services and members of Victoria Police for their assistance through this time.

Even though justice has now been served in relation to the actual collision, no amount of punishment can replace the loss of our loved ones and the missing place at our tables that will be felt by us for the rest of our lives.

Finally, we would like to thank the people of Victoria, the people of Australia, and those from around the world for their outpouring of love and for embracing us with their hearts.

We are consoled by the fact that our four will not be forgotten as we continue to carry them in our hearts.